This is weird. I can’t describe it any other way.
It’s a Christmas shop. It sells Christmas stuff all year. I’d never heard of such a thing.
I’m told it’s very famous. Certainly it makes an impression. Have to confess I’m in the “Christmas belongs to December” crowd on a good day. Hate it with a vengeance on a bad day.
So, if you want to buy Christmas decorations or presents all year round, this is ideal for you!
My wallet was not disturbed.
What to buy: Christmas stuff, if you really must.
What to pay: Not sure. I denied myself.
Go to any bakery in RODT and select your choice of Schneeball. If you go to a bakery called 'Diller's' (and apparently there are a few of them around town), you will certainly get a wide variety of Schneeball to sample (chcolate covered, cinnamon, powder sugar, speckled, etc), and these are all machine-made, I am told. Other bakeries sell hand-made. My take on this particular foodstuff is this: a Schneeball is the product of leftover pastry cut from pies, etc and fisted up into a ball, then deep fried briefly before being coated with various sweet concoctions. It is generally a firm pastry, therefore a firm bite is needed. I nibbled, slowly, taking 2 days to finish one Schneeball at various tea times. My hotel staff advised me that Diller's bakeries produce machine-made Schneeballs, but you can also purchased the hand-made ones as well at other bakeries (so decide if you want authentic or not!). The dough itself was quite bland, it was the coating that made it slightly more interesting. It's a must to try in this city, but be prepared to take your time eating it. Around 2.20 euro at time of this printing (April 2008).
What to pay: 2.20 euro (at time of this printing)
Thats one of these shops where you can buy items you never need for a very high price...
I think you find shops like this in every Town with so many tourists. but if you like these stuff....please buy it.
What to buy: I think these armour cost 3000 euro.
What to pay: everythink you want....
Rothenburg is definitely the place to get your authentic German Christmas season decorations and ornaments.
Also lots of shops with unique, hand-made toys for children.
The website listed below is for just one of many places in town center where you can buy lots of holiday furnishings and toys.
Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!
No particular shop, just meandor around the town and you will find no shortage of places to shop for souvenirs. In particular, we found lots of toy stores, souvenir shops, and Christmas decorations.
What to buy: I really truly wish I remembered the name of shop, but it's on one of the main streets. My favorite store contained suits of armor, swords, and masks. See photos attached!
What to pay: Your average postcards, etc. Unless you buy a suit of armor, of course. Truly, you can buy (great) food for reasonable prices, parking is marginal, and not buy anything else and still enjoy the town for hours
Our first day Yuki and I walked into this store to find a map of the town. The woman kindly handed us one from behind the counter. We were on the Cuckoo Clock hunt on day two and ended up back in the same confines. Upon entering, the woman came over to us and sat staring at Yuki as our eyes were pasted on the swinging pendulums of the clocks.
"You a beauty" the woman said, as she stood lock eyed on Yuki.
"You were here yesterday" she finished.
With all the people that must drop in she remembered us. She was so sweet. She autographed a map and gave it to us and than gave us a replica of our clock in the magnet form (pictured) to, as she put it, "show your friends".
What to buy:
Buy some snowballs or Schnee kugeln. Almost every bakery in Rothenburg has those things!
Mind the calories though it's some kind of pie!